Patient Safety Clinical Fellow GP/GP Nurse/AHP

Primary Care Training hub (PCTH) in collaboration with NHS Dorset (ICB) Patient Safety and Risk Team


Job Title: Patient Safety Clinical Fellow GP/GP Nurse/AHP

Hours: 4 – 8 hours per week

Contract Type : Fixed Term (one year)

Job Summary

This Flex Fellowship is offered by the Primary Care Training hub (PCTH) in collaboration with Dorset CCG (ICB) Patient Safety and Risk Team. The Patient Safety Clinical Fellow will contribute to the development of a wider understanding of patient safety, The NHS Patient Safety Strategy and its implementation in Primary Care across Dorset. The Fellow will scope roles and governance within the Primary Care Networks to establish a recommendation for potential Patient Safety Champion roles. To achieve this the Fellow will;

Work alongside the CCG Patient Safety team on an established project programme,

  • Gain an understanding of patient safety, digital clinical safety and quality improvement within primary care networks,
  • Complete the Patient Safety Syllabus eLearning level one and two and evaluate for adoption within primary care,
  • Cascade information and share learning from the local, regional and national patient safety teams,
  • Undertake the necessary engagement and communications with stakeholders across the system as part of a partnership approach and collaborative working,
  • Make recommendations to the CCG team about how best to progress areas within the project,
  • Make a specific recommendation about the model/s for patient safety champions at practice and/or network level,
  • Scope how learning is shared between practices and PCNs regarding patient safety incidents, clinical safety cases and quality improvement programmes,
  • Actively participate in meetings where required and to lead discussions where necessary/relevant.

The following is an indicative timetable to support the project aims but will be negotiated with the successful post holder as part of the induction programme.

Stage of 12 month post Activities Outcome
Week One Welcome and orientation Planned induction
Week Two – Four Induction one to ones with team and relevant partners, complete eLearning. Objectives confirmed

Plan CPD with PCTH

Week Five – 12 Make links with national and regional sharing platforms.

Starting with own PCN scope the roles for patient safety, digital clinical safety and quality improvement. Plan for scoping other PCN sites and relevant professional forums

Develop an understanding of the governance models within PCNs.

Develop broader understanding of patient safety.

Week 13 – 26 Scope roles and governance within other PCNs across Dorset. As above
Week 27 – 40 Continue scoping and start work with CCG PS team to test and evaluate how patient safety can be embedded at PCN level. Presentation of ideas
Week 41 – 52 Evaluation with PCNs and finalise recommendations regarding project aims. Established a potential model and network for patient safety champions across Dorset PCNs

Working 4 – 8 hours a week over 12 months. (TBC, depending on clinical role)

The hourly rate will be aligned to the post holder’s current role up to a maximum of £220 per day.

Personal Specification


Effective communicator at all levels

  • Flexible working attitude to deal with resolutions in a timely manner
  • Quality focussed with an innovative, flexible approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating an ability to build relations and influence at a senior level and with external stakeholders; ability to manage and negotiate conflicts and sensitive situations.
  • Looking to develop leadership skills
  • An interest or experience in learning more about Patient Safety and Quality Improvement


In order to take on the post of Fellow, candidates must:

  • Currently work in General Practice in a clinical role eg GP, Practice Nurse or AHP.
  • Flexible, versatile and self- motivated
  • Ability to demonstrate effective behaviour and lead by example.

Personal/Professional development:

The post-holder will be able to participate in the Dorset Primary Care Training Hub (PCTH) Flex Fellowship training programme and have access to the following training in order to support this post.

This includes:

  • Access to Dorset ICS’s Project Manager Lite programme
  • Leadership Development
  • Access to a coach
  • Presentation Skills workshop
  • Access to our peer support network for Fellows


  • In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately. Similarly, colleagues, partners, stakeholders and shareholders have a right to confidentiality.
  • In the performance of the duties outlined in this job description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff, colleagues and other healthcare workers.

The PCTH reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time. Other objectives may be agreed with the Fellow during the fellowship.

If you wish to register your interest in this Fellowship Programme, please complete the Expression of Interest form by the 30th November 2022 via the link below.

For more information, questions or queries please contact

Primary Care Training hub (PCTH) in collaboration with NHS Dorset (ICB) Patient Safety and Risk Team.


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